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Link data to diagrams I: Getting started

Data linked to a diagram
Visio for data? You might not think so, but think again. This course, the first in a four-part series, will show you how to link your data to diagrams in Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Two self-paced lessons and one practice session for hands-on experience. The practice requires Visio Professional 2007.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • See how a Visio diagram can be valuable in analyzing information.
  • Know the requirements for data that you want to import.
  • Import outside data into a diagram so that you can analyze it visually.
  • Link data to individual shapes in a diagram.

Before you begin

Before taking this course, you should be familiar with how Visio shapes work and how to connect them. Or you should take the following courses:

How many Visio diagrams have you created? A handful? Fifty? Hundreds? And what is typically the last thing you do with a diagram? Print it or attach it to an e-mail message? Don’t stop there. A Visio diagram has a lot more potential.

When you use Visio Professional 2007 to link data to a diagram, you can monitor your business information in a visual manner. For example, you can view a network diagram with an overlay of patch-install status and downtime statistics. Or, you can look at a flowchart and see the speed at which things get done, using eye-catching progress bars or meters.

To learn more about this course, read the text in Goals and About this course, or look at the table of contents. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

Please note that features highlighted in this course are available only in Visio Professional.

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